PE Newsletter

PE News         

Fall 2014

     I am excited and looking forward to a great year at Spring Creek Elementary. So far, the students have enjoyed several games and activities that we have participated in in gym; and the fun is just beginning!

     A key element that contributes to student success and well-being is safety. While in PE class, students need to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Clothing should be conducive to movement. Our recommendation is for students to wear athletic shoes, however, if your child does not have athletic shoes, it is important that the shoes your child wears has laces or velcro style straps. It is also important that shoes have a back that goes over their heels and rubber soles are essential. If you are not sure, please feel free to contact me and ask. I am happy to answer any questions that you might have.

     A day of PE consists of warm ups, a game or other activity, and working on Learning Goals. I have listed some Learning Goals (PASS Objectives) that we will be learning or building on in PE class and these can be found under Useful Links section. Physical Education is an integral part of your child’s education and contributes to his/her growth and development. It is my goal to give your child a positive PE experience and to help him/her gain an appreciation of the importance of staying active. Your child will have experiences in individual, team, and group activities that place an emphasis on participation, cooperation, and success through personal goals. In addition, with the new Healthy Lifestyles and Fitnessgram program that is being implemented this year, your child will have access to additional health and fitness lessons and equipment.

This fall your child can look forward to working on specific Learning Goals:

  • Kindergarten through Second grades
    • Locomotor movement - walking, galloping, sliding, jumping, hopping, etc.
    • Non-locomotor movement – balance, twisting, bridging, bending, etc.
    • Equipment Manipulation – bounce and catch a ball with two hands, tossing, kicking a ball, using body or object to safely strike, tap, jump, or kick from a stationary position, etc.
    • Social Interactions – Sharing, respect of self and others, cooperation, exhibits physically active lifestyle, participation, outside play, and understanding the benefits of physical activity, participates in physical activity outside of school setting
  • Third and Fourth grades
    • Locomotor movement – Traveling in a variety in a direction of patterns, dodging and fleeing
    • Non-locomotor – transfer weight from one body part to another
    • Equipment manipulation – Strike, dribble, catch, and kick a moving object, jumping a turned rope by self or others, overhand and underhand throw at a target
    • Social Integration – demonstrates appropriate behaviors in the classroom, cooperation in group activities, understands the value of equipment, and demonstrates concerns for others, exhibits physically active lifestyle, participates in physical activities outside of school that are interesting, engaging, and personally enjoyable

Thank you for all of your support so far and for making me feel so welcome to the Spring Creek Family! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or comments throughout the school year.

Coach English